Learning about a medication and its correct dosage with the least amount of negative side effects is hard enough, but when you factor in trying to keep track of an assortment of  mental and physical health medications, the process can be overwhelming, often leading some people to stop taking their medications altogether.

“Taking medications can be complicated, but stopping them on your own could lead to dangerous and life-threatening possibilities,” said Mary Jane Creely, APRN, of Newport Mental Health in a press releae. She along with other nurses and staff will be conducting a series of Wellness Workshops, with the first “Managing & Understanding My Medications” beginning Thursday May 2, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on  20 Dr Marcus Wheatland Blvd, in Newport, RI   All workshops are free provide participants with snacks and beverages.

“We’re happy to be hosting these Wellness Workshops. This is the type of programing that helps people better understand how mental and physical health are connected and that they are the essential parts of a person’s overall health,” said Melanie Saunders, Hunger Services Program Coordinator at the MLK Community Center in a press release.

Other Wellness Workshops at the MLK Community Center include the following:

Know Your Numbers – Managing Hypertension & High Cholesterol led by Newport Mental Health nurses and staff will be held in the Community Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on Thurs May 16,  1:30 – 3:00 pm  

Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes led by Newport Mental Health nurses and staff will be held in the Community Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on Thurs May 23, 1:30 – 3:00 pm   Delicious Nutrition & Creative Exercise Routines led by Newport Mental Health nurses and staff will be held in the Community Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on Thurs May 30 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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